Dakota Fanning graces the cover of Nylon magazine and opens up about growing up and making a successful transition from child star. She also shares her thoughts on social media and reflects upon her movie career past, present and future.

Dakota Fanning

Photo: Dakota Fanning
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The 21-year-old actress has grown up before our very eyes. No longer the seven-year-old child we remember from her breakthrough movie, “I Am Sam.” And this was quite in evidence as she walked the red carpet (photo gallery below) for her latest movie, ‘Franny” which had its premiere in New York City at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is among the costars of the Andrew Renzi’s comedy-drama, alongside title character Richard Gere as well as Theo James, who portrays her husband.

In the cover story interview for Nylon magazine, Dakota Fanning about her transition from child star and taking on teen roles and now, as with ‘Franny,’ roles that are contemporaneous with her own timeline as an actress in her early 20s. And yes, all of this has has outpaced public perception. She said, “I’ve made my peace with the fact that there will be some people who, for the rest of my life, will believe I’m, like, nine years old.”

She went on to add, “I have this joke that I’m literally going to be 35, married, and pregnant and people are still going to say, ‘Oh my god, you grew up so fast! I can’t believe it!’ And yeah, sometimes when you’re 21 years old and people are still saying that, you just want to rip your hair out. But I’m OK with it. I know who I am.”

She continued, saying, ““Sure, I handled myself the best that I could and was professional, but I was also a kid…I think that people who knew me then knew I was also exactly how kids are supposed to be.”

She was also asked about the “old soul” label that she has sometimes been saddled with as she has not met public expectations of meltdowns and tabloid drama that have sadly been characteristic of some stars as they attempt that transition to adulthood. Nylon magazine notes Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan as examples, but sadly there are many others, both currently, and in past years.

Dakota Fanning said of this “old soul” appellation, “I’ve found that anybody who takes what they’re doing seriously or seems to be a caring person gets called an old soul. And it’s not a negative thing to say, but it’s also not 100 percent accurate. I might not be running around being insane, but I’m also a 21-year-old who likes to be silly. Just because I don’t flaunt those parts of my life doesn’t mean I don’t do some of that privately, you know what I mean?”

As for social media, she is quite strong in her desire to avoid it. She said, “‘I feel like if I did it, I’d start to measure my experiences by how good of an Instagram it’s going to turn into,” she said. ‘And I don’t want to be living my life trying to see it all in a square, trying to get a photo.'”

So regardless of what people may think, she has grown up, and she has stayed out of the tabloids over the years since her breakthrough “I Am Sam” role. Quietly she has attended and graduated from high school, and now is studying at New York University where here major is Women In Film.

In her interview with Nylon, she reflected upon the industry which brought her worldwide fame, saying, “There aren’t a lot of movies that are made for women – they always want to insert something so the guys will go.” She went on to add, “A director that I worked with, Naomi Foner, once said, “Somebody decided a couple years ago that only 15-year-old boys go see movies.” There aren’t a lot of stories told strictly from a woman’s perspective.'”

There’s much more to the interview, and it’s a must read long read for fans of the actress or anyone who is curious to know of her tabloid-free transition.

You can see Dakota Fanning’s Nylon magazine cover photo here, and the red carpet photos below!

Photos: Dakota Fanning
Credit: PR Photos

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